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Daily Archives: December 23, 2011
All our celebs want for Christmas is family time and fabulous nosh
GRINCHES and pre-enlightenment Scrooges aside, everybody loves Christmas.
And although celebrities could hypothetically afford to celebrate every day like it was Christmas, they are also suckers for the festive atmosphere that permeates this time of year. (Because, you know, underneath it all, they really are rather normal folk, just like you and I. Some of them even have to go to work on Christmas day.)
But what will those who managed to wrangle the day off be doing? Will they be decking the halls with boughs of holly? Making lists and checking them twice? Riding in a one-horse open sleigh down Orchard Road to see the Christmas light-up? We’ll let them share their Christmas plans with you in their own words.
I wanted to go away with my family, including the baby, and I had planned to go skiing in Korea, but then I thought it would probably be too cold for him. Actually I just came back from skiing in the States, and it was very tiring, so I’d like a restful holiday because I have to start work again in the new year. We haven’t decided where to go, but the important thing is that we go as a family, since I didn’t take the baby along on my past two trips. We just won’t go someplace cold!
It’s the first holiday where I don’t feel it’s a holiday – I’ll probably know when it gets closer. I was supposed to fly off to Bangkok, but I’ll be in Singapore. My plans so far are to take in a service with Belinda Lee on Christmas Eve and possibly go to a friend’s family dinner. And to eat!
My plans are always the same: Stay home with my family and extended family, good food and carols. And remember how blessed we are for this day, the greatest gift, Jesus Christ, was given to us.
My Christmas plan is to confess my love for Rui En. Because we’re filming on that day! We were supposed to do the confession-of-love scene the other day, but I slipped and hurt myself and couldn’t go to work. So the scene has been moved to Christmas day. In Unriddle, my character has a love-hate relationship with Rui En’s. I look like I have something against her, but at the same time, it’s driven by concern for her. It’ll be a very subtle kind of love confession – I never say “I love you”, but it’s in the eyes.
I love Christmas. I think it’s more festive than any other holiday because it’s full of warmth and love. I like preparing gifts for my family and friends because I think it’s a season for sharing. I’ve received a lot of invitations from friends to spend Christmas together, but I think the best thing would be to save the day for family.
Tay Ping Hui
I will probably be filming. But one thing is for sure: I shall overeat!
Christmas is very family-time for me: Christmas Eve dinner, midnight mass. Christmas Day is spent visiting family – my grandaunt, my godfather and my aunt – and then another big family dinner. The days leading up to Christmas are usually spent with friends – I throw a small party or two myself as well. This year I’m throwing a small girls-only tea party, as well as a barbecue on another day.
I’m working now on another drama, but they were kind enough to let me off on Christmas day, so I’ll be spending Christmas Eve and Christmas day with my family and friends. Presents under the tree, a nice dinner, and then when the clock hits twelve – hopefully the kids can stay awake so that we can exchange presents!
Christmas this year will be an overpriced dinner with close friends and a home-cooked turkey with family, topped off with a frail attempt to not get too drunk.
We have an annual Christmas celebration with our family and go to church. But one day, hopefully, we can go see the Northern Lights.
I’m currently rehearsing for Pangdemonium’s February production of the teen rock musical Spring Awakening, and because we’re having such a blast on it, we’re going to be working through Christmas! The cast is decorating the office Christmas tree even as I write this. We’ve also got a Secret Santa thing going amongst the Spring family, and on Christmas Eve we’re planning to terrorise the neighbourhood by going Spring carolling. You have been warned …
I’m going overseas. I’ll be using the last of my leave to go up to KL and go horseback riding for a couple of days – something that I’ve never done before. I was forced into it (by my girlfriend). We’re going up with the family.
Every year, my secondary school mates and I organise a Christmas Eve party where we exchange presents, which I hate, because it’s such a chore to buy presents, and I always end up getting what I don’t want. I’m sure my friends end up getting what they don’t want, too. For some reason my friends just love the idea of exchanging gifts, even though we’re no longer 15! I’ve been trying to boycott it for years. Maybe I’ll give them all autographed Already Famous DVDs! No lah, they’re not out yet. Maybe next year!
My Christmas plans are: Have an eat-whatever-I-want-day, watch a movie and maybe do more shopping! Haha. Growing up, most stores were closed on Christmas Day, but here, many are open, so last-minute shopping is still doable.
Christmas is especially special this year because Crazy Christmas runs all the way to Dec 23 at the Esplanade! And that means I get to spend Christmas with my friends, laughing and singing on stage, and then go straight into a yummylicious two-day Christmas feast on the 23rd and 24th at home – with more friends and family!
It will be my eight-month-old’s son first Christmas, so I’m looking forward to spending it with him. We’ll be going over to Auntie Selena’s for Christmas Eve dinner!
I’m planning to sit under the mistletoe and wait …
Elvin’s birthday video:
Hoping that your day will be as special as you are.
May this year bring with it all the success and fulfillment your heart desires.
May the years continue to be good to you. You’re not getting older, you’re getting better.